Date: September 30, 2009 8:11:28 PM EDT
To: N&O Employees
Subject: Employee Sales Contest
To all employees:
Hopefully since last week's announcement each of you have been talking to your friends and family regarding a special subscription offer for non-subscribers. Effective tomorrow, October 1, the employee subscription contest begins and will run through November 23. Each of you will be able to sell discounted orders and receive 50% commission on all orders paid by December 1. For example: sell one paid daily and Sunday order for one year at $100 (regular price $195) and your commission will be $50. Commission will be paid out on the December 11 paycheck - just in time for the holidays.
Scott Wotring, circulation sales, will coordinate the contest and has already distributed complete rules and sign up sheets to each department head. Forms will also be available online and in Human Resources as well as the main snack bar. In addition to commissions, if we sell a minimum of 200 orders, there will be separate drawings for three gift cards and all participants will be eligible to win.
I've already heard from several of you that have orders lined up. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let me know or you can contact Scott Wotring. Thanks and have fun.
Vice President /Circulation
The News & Observer
Update: I agree with this take:
"So they're acting like Amway now: Annoy your family and friends by trying to sell them your company's product..."
Hat tip: Romenesko